The youth wing of South Africa's ruling
African National Congress (ANC) described opposition leader Helen Zille of the
Democratic Alliance as a racist for remark this week that South Africa would
become a failed state if
the ANC maintains its two-thirds majority in the April 22 general elections.
She said an overwhelming win for the ruling party would mean the country will
lose the opportunity of holding accountable those who abuse power. But the ANC
youth league dismissed the opposition leader's criticism saying ordinary South
African know the ruling party is addressing their concerns.
Vuyiswa Tulelo is
the general secretary of the ANC Youth League. She tells reporter Peter Clottey
that the ruling party will win more than two-thirds majority in the upcoming
does prove again to the population of South Africa that Miss Helen Zille remains
an absolute racist to the core. The city that she is in charge of has not moved
a single inch up in the lives of African people. Now, precisely because the ANC
is going to ensure that development reaches the black and African majority and
that is why she says sentiments like this," Tulelo pointed out.
She described as unfortunate
the opposition leader's comments about the ruling party rather than focusing on
her campaign ahead of the election.
I must also applaud her (Helen Zille) for spending so much time focusing on the
ANC other than campaigning on what her party will do for the people of South
Africa because she puts more mileage on the ANC than what her policies are. But
again it shows that you can take a person out of the bush, but you cannot take
the bush out of the person as they say, and leopard never changes its spots.
Miss Zille remains an adamant racist who only defends the rights of those
minorities who have been at this for the past three hundred years," she said.
Tulelo said the opposition
leader's remark underscores her assertion that the blacks are not capable of
handling their own affairs.
"What is obvious about
saying that when the ANC is going to take charge, South Africa is going to
become a failed state? It tells you that the black man can never rule. The
thinking of this person says to you the only person who has got the capacity
and ability and opportunity to rule is the white person. But should you dare
because in this instance we are talking about a truly ordinary rural boy (Jacob
Zuma), the ruler of the ANC, a person who has had his education from the
experiences in the lives of our people and not through a text book. Now, that
says to you those experiences do not count, you must come from Oxford or
Cambridge or you must at least be white in order for you to rule South Africa,"
She expressed confidence
that the ruling party would maintain its two-thirds majority in South Africa's
parliament after this month's election.
"I will tell you this that I
have spent the past three months on the road and the people who have now come
out in defense of the ANC have reassured us the ANC will get more than the
two-thirds. Because they have come to the appreciation that the leadership of
the ANC as currently in office not only pays lip service to their issues, but
it actually feels their pain. So, people have just decided that whatever
happens, they will defend the ANC and they will ensure that it gets more than
the two thirds majority," she said.
Tulelo said ANC presidential
candidate once president would demonstrate the true nature of somebody who has
learned from the ordinary people and who would ensure that the needs of the
ordinary South African are promptly addressed.
"The kind of president that
the people of South Africa have been yearning for for the past 15 years who is
the man of the people and a servant of the people. One who knows what it feels
like to go to bed without food and one who knows how it feels like to grow up
in the rural area that does not have electricity," Tulelo pointed out.
Some political observers
believe that although the ruling party will face stiff challenges from the
opposition parties, including the breakaway Congress of the People (COPE) and
the DA, the ANC will maintain its two-thirds majority in parliament.
Because of the overwhelming
support the ANC enjoys among ordinary South African's the ruling party's
presidential candidate Jacob Zuma is expected to be elected as South Africa's
next president after the April 22 general elections.
The ANC received a
significant boost ahead of the upcoming elections after graft charges against
Jacob Zuma were dropped by the National Prosecuting Authority. The move
infuriated the opposition who vowed to seek legal council on their next line of
action against the ANC leader.
But supporters of the ANC leader maintain that the eight
year old graft charges against him were politically motivated to prevent him
from becoming South Africa's next president. Zuma said he feels vindicated
after prosecutors dropped corruption charges against him and vowed to focus on
leading South Africa to astronomical heights.
He added that the graft battle that had dragged on for
the last eight years was political and manipulative, contending that
suggestions that a cloud would hang over him because the case was dismissed on
a technicality was a media fiction.